A Closer Look at The 100

These last few weeks of school have definitely been a struggle for me. Because it is the end of the year, it has been difficult for me to find enough time to read, as well as manage my time with homework and hold my job position. My reading goal may come up short this year. In the past 2 weeks, I have only read about 100 pages, and my goal was to read 10 books by the end of the school year. Unfortunately, I have only read 6 books so far. I have started another book on the AP reading list called The Great Gatsby, but I'm not here to talk about a book on the AP reading list, I am here to talk about The 100.

The 100  is a fiction dystopian novel written by Kass Morgan. This book is the first of a series, which is so popular, it became a hit TV show on The CW network. This novel follows several convicted teenagers' lives on a spacecraft called the Ark, where any crime committed is punishable by death. The Ark was created in order to save the human race from radiation that struck the planet due to nuclear war. Later in the novel, the official leaders on the Ark send the criminal teens to Earth in order to find out if life is, again, inhabitable. The main character, Clark, along with the others, must fight to save themselves, and to save the human race.

Clark is seen as one of the most strong and independent characters in the novel. Her will to live, to protect the lives of others, and her amazing ability to heal whoever she touches is motivation to the other characters on Earth, and to the audience as they read. Each of the characters' point of view are conveyed in the story, which gives the audience more insight to the thoughts and identity of the characters. Identity is a very important theme in the novel, because the audience is able to see just how far characters are willing to go to survive. As Bellamy, one of the less mature characters in the novel puts it: "Who we are and who we need to be to survive are two very different things" (Morgan 45). It's almost disturbing to be able to see into the characters' heads, and look at how they think and react to the world around them. Some of the real criminals in the novel can be seen fighting and torturing each other in order to gain weapons, or food. It really makes me wonder if people would actually react in that way if the world ended. Who would you have to be in order to survive? 


  1. I like the way you broke up the blog into 3 different paragraphs. It kept your reading progress, current book, and analyzing the book separate so it didn't all blend together.


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